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Introduction to Counselling Skills

Introduction to Counselling Skills
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Fourth Edition
  • Richard Nelson-Jones - Fellow of the British Psychological Society and of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

November 2012 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
From leading skills expert Richard Nelson-Jones, this bestselling book is the ideal companion for any trainer or trainee wanting to acquire and develop the counselling skills key to effective therapeutic relationships.

Using an easy to follow, three-stage model, this fourth edition provides the answers to those all important questions:

- what are counselling skills and why are they important?

- how can I become more skilled and put the skills I have learnt into practice?

- what skills will help me manage crises and work effectively with diversity, ethical issues and dilemmas?

- how can I help my client to develop their own self-helping skills and maintain change after the counselling relationship has terminated?

Accessible, practical and concise, this new edition is packed full of up-to-date case examples, more material on self-care and diversity, as well as a brand new chapter on "Using Technology in Counselling". This is the ideal text for introductory courses in counselling skills, counselling and other professional areas including health care, management, education and social work.

Richard Nelson-Jones has many years' experience as a counsellor, trainer and psychotherapist. His books have helped train thousands of counsellors and helpers worldwide. He is a Fellow of the British and Australian Psychological Societies and of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Who Are Counsellors and Helpers?
Creating Communication Skills and Feelings
Creating Mind Skills
The Counselling and Helping Process
Counselling and Helping Relationships
Understanding the Internal Frame of Reference
Showing Attention and Interest
Reflecting Feelings
Starting the Counselling and Helping Process
Managing Resistance and Making Referrals
Assessing Feelings and Physical Reactions
Assessing Thinking
Assessing Communication and Actions
Challenges, Feedback and Self-Disclosure
Monitoring, Summarizing and Identifying Skills
Helping to Solve Problems
Coaching Skills: Speaking, Demonstrating and Rehearsing
Improving Communication and Actions
Improving Thinking
Negotiating Homework
Conducting Middle Sessions
Terminating Counselling and Helping
Relaxation Interventions
Managing Crises
Multicultural and Gender-Aware Counselling and Helping
Ethical Issues and Dilemmas
Training Groups, Supervision and Support
Using Technology in Counselling
Becoming More Skilled and Human

Book of Nelson -Jones is an excellent aid in teaching students counseling skills.
In Poland, where I was doing the work of an academic teacher , there is a huge gap in the field of publishing . So far, in my teaching I used an earlier publication by this author published in 1991. The present work refers to the stages of the counseling process and very clearly characterizes them . It also contains excellent exercises that can be used for both the students and advisors in the process of self-education. In addition to the characteristics of the stages of counselling author also discusses specific issues such as multicultural and gender aware counselling . The modern approach is also reflected in the issues raised in chapter written by Jane Evans and dedicated to using technology in counseling . The idea of the book is highly humanistic , which faithfully reproduced the last chapter : "Becoming more skilled and human ."
I highly recommend this work to all counsellors and students of psychology.

Dr Anna Paszkowska-Rogacz
Institute of Psychology, University of Lodz
November 23, 2013

Excellent introduction to counselling skills for health practitioners.

Mr Wendy Cooper
Health , Leeds Metropolitan University
September 17, 2013

good for courses in counceling and that part of our master in adapted course dealing with this topic

Professor Stephen Dobson
insitute of education, Hedmark University College
May 14, 2013

recommened for the B.A. Counselling Skills course

Dr Tony Parnell
Social Science and Councilling, Chester University
April 24, 2013

A highly accessible text - recommended to DTLLS students undertaking Microskills of Counselling Optional Unit

Mrs Sandra Murray
Education , Newcastle-under-Lyme College
April 12, 2013

I like this authors systematic style of presenting counselling technique. Students find it easy to understand and follow in terms of developingcounselling and communication skills wtih their clients. I have included on core reading lists and recommended to the library.

Ms Jennifer Rooks
Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University
April 11, 2013

This is a really good book to find out all about counselling. The chapters follow a logical progression and the topics are introduced in an accessible way. I liked the activities and examples and comprehensive glossary. The annotated bibliography and reference list are extremely useful for choosing further reading. The only downside is that the chapter outcomes and headers are in a very pale text.

Ms Ann Gravells
Teacher Training, Bishop Burton College
March 18, 2013

An essential text for any trainer or trainee in counselling skills. An excellent all-rounder for practictioners to learn and build on their counselling skills. This is a book that every counsellor should have on their shelf.

Mrs Gael Kilduff
Social Science , PCI College
March 15, 2013

One of the best skills texts on the market, giving good practical grounding for trainees and more specialist information for practitioners. It appeals across academic levels, setting beginners on the path but also tackling ongoing development. Recommended to undergrad and postgrad alike!

Mrs Valerie Sanders
Counselling and Psychology, Greenwich University
February 20, 2013

An excellent text, it provides up-to-date reading for students partaking in counselling courses. The text is not only easy to read and understand but it also offers realistic actives that enable the student to develop their skills. It’s a must have book for all trainee counsellors.

Dr Lyn Ashmore
School of Education and Professional Development, University of Huddersfield
February 14, 2013
  • New chapter by Jane Evans
  • More case studies from multi-cultural settings
  • Annotated bibliography

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